Tips for European Travel

Do you have a trip to Europe on your bucket list? It’s exciting to dream about and may well be within closer reach than you might think. With so many countries to explore, endless sightseeing options and specialty tours for nearly every interest, the options are truly only limited by your research and imagination. Take the time to speak with others than have explored various areas of Europe and learn about their adventures as well as their mishaps. Travelling to any region on the globe comes with special nuances and cultural differences. Embrace these differences and realize that not only will you be learning about other cultures, you’ll actually be learning a lot about yours at the same time. Most European cities are very pedestrian friendly. Take advantage of the awesome deals offered by Groupon coupons and invest in a pair of comfortable walking shoes from the huge selection offered at Aldo Shoes. Your feet will thank you!   Follow these suggestions from the professional travel agents and your trip to Europe is sure to be a huge success with memories to last a life time. There’s no time like the present to begin your planning process.

The first step is to apply for a passport or renew your passport if it is past the expiration date. Know that many European countries require at least ninety days remaining prior to expiration on your passport past the date of return on your airline ticket. To enter countries in the European Union with a one way ticket you must possess a student visa or temporary work visa. Allow at least ninety days, or more prior to the busy travel season, for passport applications to be process by the Immigration and Naturalization Service, now under the umbrella of Homeland Security. Appointments to submit passport applications for initial passports or renewal can be made at your local post office. Pay special attention to the requirements for youth under the age of eighteen.

Check with your cell phone carrier and explore options for data plans while travelling in the countries you’ve selected. Free wifi hotspots are not nearly as plentiful in Europe as in the United States. Another option is to purchase a SIM card, prepaid data card, and exchange this with your existing SIM. Confirm that your smart phone has an interchangeable SIM card.

Finally, begin to book your flights and accommodations. Check with your local travel agent for great rates on package deals. Bon Voyage!